Suspected Islamist extremists have killed at least 17 people after opening fire on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence on Sunday, which continued into Monday morning with security forces still exchanging heavy fire with attackers who were believed to be holding hostages.
Remi Dandjinou, the country’s communications minister, told journalists it was a “terror attack” and that at least 17 people were dead and eight others wounded, according to a provisional toll.
Security forces killed at least two attackers, he said, but people remained inside the building which housed the upmarket Turkish restaurant, Aziz Istanbul. One soldier said there were hostages on the first and second floor of the two-storey building
The victims came from several different nationalities, Dandjinou said, but at least one of the dead was a French national.
A paramedic told Agence France-Presse that one of the victims was Turkish. “We evacuated 11 people but one of them, a Turk, died on arriving at hospital,” the paramedic said, declining to be named.
Police captain Guy Ye said three or four assailants had arrived at the restaurant on motorcycles and then began shooting randomly at diners.
Police evacuated civilians from the area before launching the counter-assault.
The French embassy in Ouagadougou said it was in contact with the local authorities and advised French people to avoid the area around the restaurant, Reuters reported.
Source: The Guardian.